FP StaffJul 31, 2012 12:05:19 IST
Skype might be the ultimate video-chatting/calling application preferred by many but that isn't stopping Google from aggressively promoting Hangouts, the video chat feature in Google plus.
In a new blogpost, the company announced that video chats in Gmail will get a serious upgrade with Hangouts becoming a part of Gmail.
The blogpost reads,
We're excited to announce that video chat is being upgraded to a more modern video calling technology -- Google+ Hangouts.
Unlike the old video chat, which was based on peer-to-peer technology, Hangouts utilize the power of Google's network to deliver higher reliability and enhanced quality. You'll be able to chat with all the same people you did before and, in fact, with Hangouts you'll now be able to reach them not only when they are using Gmail but also if they are on Google+ in the browser or on their Android or iOS devices.
Skype uses peer to peer technology or P2P for video calls and Google is clearly trying to say that they're offering something better.
Gmail users will get the benefit soon and will be able to call as many as nine people in a conference call, provided they all have Google accounts. Hangouts in Gmail will also give users the option of adding fun effects while they're talking. A little childish but still no harm trying something new.
The feature will be rolled out in the next couple of weeks.
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